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Apple testing Mail update for OS X Mavericks to fix Gmail, stability, and smart mailbox issues

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Since the launch of OS X Mavericks last week, many users have been reporting widespread, various, consistent issues within Apple’s bundled Mail application.

Many of the issues have mainly affected users of Google’s Gmail email service, and some of the issues have to do with receiving messages, sorting messages into folders, and deleting messages.

Apple is aware of the issue and is testing a fix for the problem…

An updated Mail application has been seeded to both Apple employees internally and testers within Apple’s customer AppleSeed program.

The updated Mail app is Version 7.0 and is labeled as build 1822. The OS X Mavericks 10.9.0 Mail app, for comparison, is Version 7.0 with build number 1816.

Apple tells testers that the update fixes issues with Gmail, smart mailboxes, and overall stability. Apple also asks these  users to test for the following:

- Use Mail with your usual Mail accounts, including iCloud, Gmail, Exchange, etc.
- Send Mail messages
- Receive and check for new Mail messages at the intervals you expect it
- Read and move Mail messages to folders on your mail server, folders on your Mac, smart folders.
- Delete Mail messages as appropriate
- Undo move or delete actions with your Mail messages
- Mark messages read/unread in both your mail provider’s webpage and Mail and verify they stay in sync.

The updated Mail application is available as a patch download, not as a full update to OS X Mavericks. Sources say that OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 is already well into development, but it is unclear if these Mail fixes will be available as a standalone update or rolled into that upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 release. Apple asks testers to provide feedback through a dedicated communication channel, and the company refers to this update as “important.”

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Mark Gurman

October 31st

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Motorola’s budget Moto G phone specs, pictures purportedly leak

Motorola Moto G Specs Leak
Earlier this week, Motorola temporarily listed an unannounced device on its website — the Moto G. The mention was very quickly removed, but the Moto G is likely the name of Motorola's low-cost follow-up to its flagship Moto X. On Thursday, @evleaks produced what appears to be a mostly complete list of specs for the handset, including a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch display at 720p resolution and a 1950 mAh battery. The leak also claims that there will be two separate models with 8GB and 16GB of internal storage, and that the phone will be free on contract. Motorola has yet to release any official information about the smartphone, but @evleaks included a photo in the leak that might be the first sighting of the Moto G.

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Jacob Siegal

October 31st

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Google, Samsung, and others sued over search patents by Apple-backed Nortel group

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Google, Samsung, and several other Android handset manufacturers are being sued by Rockstar, a consortium backed by Apple and several other tech companies, over alleged infringement of several search patents acquired by Rockstar from Nortel in 2011. Last year HTC reached a ten-year agreement with Apple as part of a patent infringement settlement. That deal would result in both companies licensing existing and future patents from one another, but it seems that agreement does not apply in this case.

The seven patents in question deal with matching search terms to relevant advertisements. Google is primarily a search and advertising company, so a loss in this case could be a serious blow. At the heart of the suit is Google’s Android platform, which Rockstar says infringes these web search patents. Because Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and others build on this platform, they are also being named in the suit.

Rockstar acquired the patents for over $4 billion last year and claims that Google’s continued use of the unlicensed technology is a wilful infringement of the consortium’s intellectual property.


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Mike Beasley

October 31st

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6 Mythological Barriers To Keep Monsters At Bay

6 Mythological Barriers To Keep Monsters At Bay

Whether or not you bought into all the hoopla, one thing’s for sure: the island to which ABC's series Lost transported us for six years was one strange place. A good chunk of its mystique, however, could be explained by a powerful electromagnetic force field that acted as its invisibility cloak and sent the island’s residents hurtling through time, all the while stopping people from coming and going as they pleased.

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Pavithra Mohan

October 31st

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A Map of Where All Your Favorite Horror Movies Take Place

A Map of Where All Your Favorite Horror Movies Take Place

The monster in a horror movie is scary, sure. But an eerie setting is just as important. Fortunately just about anywhere can be freaky as hell when you're alone in the dark, but some places get more horror movie love than others. And this great map by the folks at Esri shows you the horrible hotspots.

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Eric Limer

October 31st

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This freakish skinless body is actually a synthetic human cadaver

This freakish skinless body is actually a synthetic human cadaver

Though it may look like it, this is not a still frame from a torture porn movie directed by the sadist Eli Roth. Instead, it's the new synthetic cadaver that medical students are now using to get their learn on. Instead of poking humans or operating on animals, medical students can play doctor with these frighteningly freakish zombie beasts.

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October 31st

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The F-35A Became a Full-Fledged Weapons System Yesterday

The F-35A Became a Full-Fledged Weapons System Yesterday

The F-35A Lightning II took a big step towards entering active service in the skies above Edwards Air Force Base in California yesterday. For the first time, this fifth-gen fighter jet performed a live fire weapons test, successfully engaging and deploying an air-to-air missile against an unmanned target. Look at that bad boy go.

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Andrew Tarantola

October 31st

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Best Buy offering $100 discount on MacBook Airs this weekend, $25 gift card with iPad 4

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Alongside the launch of the iPad Air tomorrow, Best Buy is holding some special price promotions for some MacBook and older iPad models. The company says that it will provide $100 discounts on all MacBook Air models on Friday and Saturday. The offer will be available both via the company’s online store and in its chain of physical retail stores.

The company will also offer a discount on the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, the Best Buy Online Store offers the $1499 configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive for $1349, but the company will take off an extra $150 ($1249) for Friday and Saturday. Like with the MacBook Air deal, this offer is applicable both in-store and online. Keep in mind, that for $50 more, you can get a thinner, lighter Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that will come with substantially less storage and half the RAM.

In addition to the price cuts on Macs, buyers of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display at Best Buy stores will get a $25 gift card. With the iPad Air coming in at $499, this older iPad model will cost $449 before the gift card. Also, the wireless Jawbone Jambox speaker system will be cut from $149 to $199. The speaker deal will run from Friday until Saturday this weekend, and the iPad 4 deal is already live.


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Mark Gurman

October 31st

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Amazon Has The Moto X For 50 Bucks

Amazon Has The Moto X For 50 Bucks

Following a recent across the board price drop to $100, Amazon is taking another 40 dollars off the price of the Moto X for AT&T subscribers, and $50 off for Verizon users. This the best Android phone for most people, and even if you're enamored by today's reveal of the Nexus 5, this is quite a bit cheaper.

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Shane Roberts

October 31st

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Amazon Has The Moto X For 50 Bucks

Amazon Has The Moto X For 50 Bucks

Following a recent across the board price drop to $100, Amazon is taking another 40 dollars off the price of the Moto X for AT&T subscribers, and $50 off for Verizon users. This the best Android phone for most people, and even if you're enamored by today's reveal of the Nexus 5, this is quite a bit cheaper.

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Shane Roberts

October 31st

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